Saturday, August 2, 2008
Here's what we know: The TEGA instrument may be capable of recognizing organic material, but it's not capable of detecting life. We've already determined that the soil chemistry is such that it could support some kinds of plants (asparagus was the example given repeatedly). The microscope is of sufficient power and resolution that it would be able to identify bacteria if they were present, but spokesmen are saying that bacteria have not been spotted. Water was positively identified in the TEGA earlier this week. That can be taken as exciting, but it's really just a final confirmation of something we knew pretty well from a number of other lnes of evidence. So what's the upcoming announcement? Aviation Week weighs in with a reasonable take. The article says the announcement will probably about the middle of the month, or possibly as late as early September if further confirmation and testing is required.
BTW, anybody recognize the source of the post title?
I just need to set aside a little time for, you know, little stuff like sleeping and eating and breathing. But I think all that trivia is less important than keeping up with a dozen newspapers and 70 or 80 blogs.
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire US! I was excited to see how close the line of totality came to Oregon; perhaps, I thought, I would only have to get to Portland...
So I went looking for a more detailed map. Turns out, I don't have to go anywhere; I can just sit outside my favorite coffee shop and watch. Wow! (Full size image here)I guess this means I gotta keep myself alive for another 9 years. For those who don't live in Oregon (sorry 'bout that), here's a full US thumbnail showing the path of totality.You can find the full sized US map and more detailed regional maps here, and the site's home page has lots of great information. Also, check out the Google map the author has created. It's a wait, but it ought to be worth it!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
As a longtime fan of geomaps, I look forward to this project being implemented in full. Geologic maps can be found on the web, but they're scattered all over the place.
Follow-up: Maps here. Haven't figured it out yet, but playing around...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Actually, after seeing how these look embedded, you're better off going to YouTube (double click the images) and watching them full screen.
The first clip sets up the game:
I think he may have diddled with the software a little more, the game becomes a little more elaborate, and he throws in a couple of other scenarios- bikes, ninjas on trampolines, and an invader in a Jeep.
Monday, July 28, 2008
They decided to leave the mouse hanging off his nose. They have no idea how to remove his inner rat, and the bats in his belfry are a lost cause.
Sorry, this was too obvious to leave alone. And I know that moles and bats aren't rodents.
There's an explanation that I don't really understand at the original post.
Followup: There's a better explanation at Wikipedia.